GM likely to regain top dog status given Toyota's production woes

 GM likely to regain top dog status given Toyotas production woes
GM World Headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan

Toyota's production and recall woes will hit its sales this year giving GM the opportunity to reclaim the number one spot

GM is likely to regain the top spot in the global car industry again this year as the world's largest automaker with the current leader Toyota in trouble.

GM was the leading automaker in the world in terms of sales volume from 1932 to 2008.

Toyota was able to surpass GM when the Detroit automaker hit the skids back in 2008/2009 and had to file for bankruptcy.

But now, the Japanese automaker is plagued by production problems in Japan due to the earthquake/tsunami disaster that struck the country in March. The disaster has crippled automobile production in that country, hitting suppliers and disrupting the supply chain.

Toyota simply will not be able to build enough cars to retain the global number one spot.

Toyota sales have also been affected by a string of recalls over the last couple of years that have hurt the brand's image of quality and reliability. Toyota has had to recall a total of 14 million vehicles over that period.

And GM has enjoyed its own success. It emerged from bankruptcy very quickly and last year came within 30,000 units of Toyota. In 2010, Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles while GM sold 8.39 million.

GM is also surging in China, now the world's largest auto market. GM sells about three times the number of vehicles there as does Toyota.

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what is wrong with the new Jetta anyhow?
Apr 29, 2011 9:44 am
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"no time to stop innovating for GM and start making lousy cars again." Seriously?!!! when did they ever stop making lousy cars ? The American car industry is by far the worst with maybe the exception of Ford and even ford is not that great lol
Apr 29, 2011 9:21 am
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Ford build better cars than GM like the Feista,Focus,Mondeo and Ranger but sadly not sold in America but you should be happy because with the lastest Focus and Feista coming into the market which will increase more sales than GM and Toyota and watch out for VW and the Koreans (Hyundai and Kia) becuase they also going for the #1 title.
Apr 30, 2011 8:45 pm
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...forgot, now look at VW chasing the No1 spot. That new Jetta of theirs is IMO not as good as the one before
Apr 29, 2011 4:47 am
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Toyota proves that the products don´t need to be good to sell. I guess this is the way VW is thinking with the new Jetta. I´m sure it will sell better in the US than the previous generation.
Apr 29, 2011 6:17 am
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what is wrong with the new Jetta anyhow?
Apr 29, 2011 9:45 am
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Depends where you live. The US-market Jetta (except the GLi) gets a cheaper, lower quality interior and loses the multi-link rear suspension. The Euro-version doesn’t. Then there’s the looks, some may like it…
Apr 29, 2011 12:10 pm
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IMO the biggest is often the worst, not the best. Then Toyota became No1 (for all of 77 weeks compared with GM previous 77 years) and the cars they made to get there there were not so good as before!
Apr 29, 2011 4:45 am
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What this means is that this is no time to stop innovating for GM and start making lousy cars again. Manufactures have a tendency to be content with their success once they reach the top. It happened before, it better have been a learned lesson. Ford should keep them on their feet. And wheres VW now in ranking
Apr 28, 2011 3:28 pm
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